In one of my Journalism classes, I recently watched a video on Internet addiction and it really spoke to me. It was about Internet addiction and the effects that spending too much time on the computer can have on kids. In the video, a study was done in South Korea and it showed that middle school students and high school students spend an incredible amount of time online, playing games. This caused their eyes to go bad, as well as their backs.
Now, I know that it would take a while to reduce the time spent on the Internet, but these kids have to go to a special kind of camp just to help them with their so-called “addiction.” Personally, I feel that the word “addiction” is correct, in these specific terms, because these kids don’t know anything other than gaming. For instance, there was one middle school boy in South Korea who went from the top half of his class to the bottom half of his class; after seeing this, his mother eventually decided to send him to the camp that focused on lost childhood activities such as playing outside and going camping.
After watching this, I got kind of scared. Is this the type of world that we want the next generation to grow up in? I’m the type of person who thinks and worries a lot about my own future. Seeing this, I got anxious because this isn’t what I would want my future children to go through. If anything, I’d want them to experience playing tag and hide-and-go-seek with their friends, just as I did when I was younger.